Back to an important time in the bands history, Cradle of Filth explored some of the darkest areas of music in their own special way, and are no celebrating by re-releasing the 1998 classic Cruelty And The Beast as they continue to take full advantage of their recent resurgence to release the follow up to the highly acclaimed Cryptoriana – The Seductive Decay.
Originally released on May 5th 1998 which was around the time when the band were arrested as the Vatican, the album was the result of a lot of hard work around the concept of Elizabeth Bathory, the Hungarian blood countess and is considered by many to be one of the cornerstones of the legacy that this unique band have had continued success on.
For this re-issue, the album has been remixed and remastered and features new artwork liner notes and a special cover of ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ by Iron Maiden.
After the initial opening track ‘Once Upon Atrocity’, which is a gothic vocal intro that sounds as sinister as you would expect, we head into ‘Thirteen Autumns And A Widow’ which immediately has the elaborate theatricals that we know and love from this band. The keyboards and guitars begin to take full effect before the special vocal of Dani Filth comes to the fore to provide the blood-curdling narration of all things dark and disturbing.
This sadistic sound continues in all its glory as we relive the wonders that the controversial band created and with is a remix and remaster sound even more twisted.
The theatrics don’t stop as the combination of melodies are matched and battle with the twisted sounds of the guitar and the vocal that has haunted many a young person that has heard such atrocities by Cradle of Filth.
After being thrown back to a simpler time and remembering the good old days that this classic album will take you back to, we get to the very special rendition of the classic ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name.’ The classic track is immediately identifiable yet Dani and co have put their usual spin on covers (I am a huge fan of ‘Temptation’ on Thornography) so expect extra profanity and theatrics as this track is given a new darker side and it is utterly wonderful.
This re-release is a wonderful reminder of the fantastic music and used to make and why they are still a very important part of the Metal and Black Metal scene. It will speak to long-time fans of the band along as creating new fans as they discover the back catalog of a fantastic band that is one of the greats at what they do.
Cruelty And The Beast is released November 1st 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records.
1. Once Upon Atrocity
2. Thirteen Autumns And A Widow
3. Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids
4. Beneath The Howling Stars
5. Venus In Fear
6. Desire In Violent Overture
7. The Twisted Nails Of Faith
8. Bathory Aria
9. Portrait Of The Dead Countess
10. Lustmord And Wargasm (The Lick of Carnivorous Winds)
11. Hallowed Be Thy Name